Monday, November 12, 2007

Thanksgiving

Child wearing COP cap
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Yesterday some friends and I went to the COP Thanksgiving rally at Helping Hands grounds in the Pasea area. It wasn't a jump and wave rally. It was an interfaith event, with various spiritual leaders (Muslim, Hindu, Christian, etc.) each saying a prayer and a few words. There was a tabla/Indian instrumental group and a few performers singing 'inspirational' songs which most of the crowd seemed to enjoy.

The large gathering had a family feel - everything from very young children to the aged, mingling amicably. At one point I looked behind me and was surprised to see the sea of people who had quietly amassed in the short space of time since our arrival. Everyone stood for the two hours, intently listening, clapping and cheering for everything.

When 'Dooks' eventually came forward to the mike with his arm wrapped around the shoulder of David St. Clair (the candidate who was attacked, beaten and subsequently hospitalised before elections), most of the large crowd surged forward to the stage, chanting "Winston, Winston!" Subsequently, basically each paragraph he uttered was punctuated by supportive cheers and applause.

There were one or two moments where I felt moved. One I can't remember (must have been something someone said) - but it gave me goosebumps. The other was at the end, when a performer came to sing a song called "Broken World" (and about how we can fix it together). The female MC asked us to connect in some way with the people at our sides. People started to hold hands. I held the hands of my friend Charlotte (on my right) and a man I didn't know (on my left). At one point the crowd to the front raised their connected hands and everyone followed, resulting in a wave of upheld, joined hands rippling from front to back of the gathering. It was the first time I've experienced this.

It was one of those "We are the world" moments which are too soppy for some, but deeply moving for others. I noticed people crying. One older woman a short way off from us stood staring ahead, a large tear running down her cheek, glistening like the silver trail of a snail.

I was not moved to feel patriotic about T & T ... but I was touched by the genuine sense of togetherness and respect of the people and by the sense of gratitude and determination emitted by those on stage. It was a peaceful, communal, 'old time feel' of an evening. Everyone left smiling, or at least looking satisfied on some level.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Frances-Anne said...

thanks...

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea Yea Yea!

What a bunch of assinine hypocrites!!!

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol. Nice read, tho I was fooled into coming here to read this by some nutjob that calls himself Nigel Mahibir. His message said:

"Gotcha ! ! !
Save the Photo ! !
They are PNM !

http://nowiswow.blogspot.com/2007/11/thanksgiving.html"

I guess I look for that!

9:00 PM  
Blogger Kikipotamus said...

Wow, moments like that one are quite rare. There is hope for the world yet.

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they indeed done what they set out to. Bless their souls. I think about them everday when I see crime continue in T and T.

4:28 AM  
Anonymous nalini sookran said...

i see they still riding on the UNC name!!! it will never change.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont blame Winston for leaving the UNC...if i was him i would have done the same thing...to be betray set upon by your own peers...with Kamla instigating the whole thing in a grab for power...if i was a betting man i would say that the UNC would have been in power if they had left Winston where he was...it funny there is no loyalty within that party...winston took a beating and did the next best thing...started his own party...blame Kamla if you want to...she forced him out onto the street and he went into survival mode..Rock on Winston..

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Oma panday said...

I'm always glad to read from a fellow TRINI patriot. The kind of unity I have felt at COP rallies are unlike ANYTHING.

The unc and pnm brainwashes their supporters into unifying because of RACE, but WE COP warriors are united for a common purpose- betterment of TNT!

respect

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A UNC alliance was never going to win the election...you need to do the math...it is difficult to oust a party with a country doing well economical...and if there was no split in the UNC in the first place they were on really rough ground...With 40% of the elector still not engaged it obvious that good governance and democracy can't be determined by heavy financial support and a focus around merely an election...Let's see what the UNC and COP would do to keep connected to the people's issues...

4:16 PM  
Anonymous V said...

I thought about coming but then told myself UNC supporters might come and mash up d event or vandalise ppls cars. so i stayed away. but some friends and family went and said it was movin.

SO to all the UNC-ites. KISS MY COP A$$ !!!

i never voting for Bas and i will rally for COP or any party other than them and PNM ! and i will secure as many votes against them but i won't need much help cause 99.99% of the ppl i know voted for COP. i would say about 40-60 friends (age25-35) and families and i knw their opinions not swaying.

9:58 AM  

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